The Music Man

The Music Man

Robert Preston
Director: Morton Da Costa Cast: Robert Preston
Robert Preston
, Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
, Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
Morton Da Costa

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Meredith Wilson's hit 1957 Broadway musical was transferred to the screen in larger-than-life fashion in 1962. Robert Preston repeats his legendary stage performance as fast-talking con man Harold Hill, who goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch. Looking for new suckers in Iowa, Hill arrives in River City, where he declares that the only way to save the youth of River City from the lure of the poolroom is to organize a boy's band. He charms the mayor's wife Eulalie (Hermione Gingold) into forming a "ladies' dance committee" and sets his sights on winning over local music teacher Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones). Marian rightly considers Hill a fraud, especially when he espouses the "Think System" of learning music: if you think a tune, he claims, you can play it. But Marian becomes Hill's staunchest ally when her young brother Winthrop (Ronny Howard), sullen and withdrawn since the death of his father, exuberantly comes out of his shell at the prospect of joining Hill's band; and Marian's budding romance with the charming but unreliable Hill ultimately brings her out of her own shell as well. Marion Hargrove's script uses most of the original play, with a handful of amusing expansions, especially in the roles played by Gingold and by Buddy Hackett as Hill's comic sidekick.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2011
UPC: 0883929152599
Original Release: 1962
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:31:00
Sales rank: 73

Special Features

Closed Caption; Featurette: Right Here in River City: The making of eredith Wilson's The Music Man; Introduction by Shirley Jones; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Preston Harold Hill
Shirley Jones Marian Paroo
Buddy Hackett Marcellus Washburn
Pert Kelton Mrs. Paroo
Ronny Howard Winthrop Paroo
Hermione Gingold Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn
Paul Ford Mayor Shinn
Susan Luckey Zaneeta Shinn
Harry Hickox Charlie Cowell
Charles Lane Constable Locke
Mary Wickes Mrs. Squires
Oliver Hix Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills Jacey Squires; Olin Britt; Ewart Dunlo
Natalie Core Truthful Smith
Roy Dean Gilbert Hawthorne
Jesslyn Fax Avis Grubb
Percy Helton Conductor
Ray Kellogg Harry Joseph
Anne Loos Stella Jackson
Therese Lyon Dolly Higgins
Natalie Masters Farmer's Wife
Peggy Mondo Actor
Milton Parsons Farmer
Barbara Pepper Feril Hawkes
Max Showalter Actor
Peggy Wynne Ada Nutting
Delos Jewkes Harley MacCauley
Monique Vermont Amaryllis
Timmy Everett Tommy Djilas
Ronnie Dapo Norbert Smith
William Fawcett Lester Lonnergan
Rance Howard Oscar Jackson
Hank Worden Townsman

Technical Credits
Morton Da Costa Director,Producer
Gordon Bau Makeup
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Paul Groesse Production Designer
George Groves Sound/Sound Designer
Marion Hargrove Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Onna White Choreography
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Music Man
1. Main Title [2:34]
2. "Rock Island" [3:22]
3. "Cowell's Tirade" [1:45]
4. "Iowa Stubborn" [3:55]
5. Meeting Marcellus [2:13]
6. Mrs. Shinn [3:03]
7. "Ya Got Trouble" [4:18]
8. First Impressions [1:51]
9. "Piano Lesson" [1:58]
10. Winthrop's Home [1:49]
11. "Goodnight, My Someone" [3:45]
12. July 4th Exercises [4:34]
13. "Seventy-Six Trombones" [7:38]
14. His Credentials [3:38]
15. "Sincere" [3:22]
16. Pass/Pitch/Play [3:17]
17. Say Yes Mrs. Shinn [2:10]
18. "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little"/"Goodnight, Ladies" [2:51]
19. "The Sadder-but-Wiser Girl" [2:58]
20. "Marian the Librarian" [7:42]
21. Two Solicitations [4:14]
22. "Gary, Indiana" [4:20]
23. "Being in Love" [4:46]
24. "Indecent" Plans [1:20]
25. "Wells Fargo Wagon" [4:48]
26. Dance/Band Practice [3:32]
27. The Candy Kitchen [5:10]
28. "Lida Rose"/"Will I Ever Tell You?" [5:30]
29. "Gary, Indiana" Reprise [2:14]
30. Two to Tango [4:17]
31. "Lida Rose" Reprise [:58]
32. Rumor Exchange [4:18]
33. Think System [2:01]
34. "Shipoopi" [6:41]
35. Grecian Urns [1:02]
36. Footbridge Podium [1:36]
37. "Till There Was You" [3:42]
38. Who's Selling Whom? [2:25]
39. "It's You;" Gunning for Hill [2:51]
40. "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Goodnight, My Someone" Reprises [2:45]
41. Caught in the Door [4:11]
42. Stand Up for Hill [2:47]
43. The Band [2:35]
44. Parade ("Seventy-Six Trombones" Reprise) [2:14]
45. The Cast [1:55]

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